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Friendship Card with Watercolor Background

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Hi All,

I’m back with another card featuring a large background stamp. This time I wanted to work with watercolors and draw focus to the smaller elements of the background. The most important element in making a card like this is to use a quality piece of watercolor paper. Since there’s so much water added to the card, you really need a material that will hold up and not break apart.

Here’s a video on how the card was made.

I actually made this card a few times. When using a thick black border around the edges of the element, the card looks more like an actual book. I loved how this design can truly be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.



Cardstock: Bazzil texturized & Neenah Dessert Storm

Inks: Versafine Black

Watercolor: Yasutomo Watercolor Palette

Stamp: Simon Says Stamp – Absolutely Delightful


Thank You Card Featuring Floral Background Stamp

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Hi All,

Hope you are all having a memorable summer! I feel like it has gone by way too fast & I’m so not looking forward to cooler weather.

To keep things in the spirit of bright and fun, I’d love to share with you my latest project. I wanted to use a large background stamp as my focal point of a card. I have been enjoying the inspiration shared over at Online Card Classes (Stretch Your Stamps 2) and thought I would share my take on featuring a large background stamp. I love the way it turned out and as you can see from the video, but it requires quite a few steps. I don’t think it’s the fastest type of card to make, but it does make quite a statement. The colors are so bold and iridescent no matter where the light hits it!


Here’s the how-to-video I created. Feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel as I will now be updating it regularly with new projects & inspiration.


Cardstock: Bazzil textured in Black, Blue & Violet

Embossing: Inkadinkado Black Metallic & Glam Gold

Markers: American Crafts Metallic Markers in Gold, Blue, Violet & Teal

Stamps: Hero Arts – Large Fabric Design, Simon Says Stamp-Life is a journey

Inks: Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Ink – Butter Bar & VersaMark Clear

Tools: EK Success Powder Tool, Tonic Paper Trimmer, Stampin’ Up Precision Scissors, 1/16” Foam Mounting Squares, Heat Gun & Tape Runner Adhesive

Craft Room Ideas – Stamp Storage

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Good afternoon all!

I hope everyone is having a nice & relaxing summer. I have been enjoying time outside, trying out new recipes from the  kitchen & getting some long overdue reading done. But, as you can probably note by the title of the post, I have also been working in my craft room. Today I wanted to share with you a system of storage that i’ve created for my room. I know there are literally hundreds of video’s and ideas out there.

I am currently using a dupe for the Avery Elle Stamp Storage envelopes that are sold online. I also love the idea of fridge bins like some other crafters have, however, those bins just don’t fit in my space. So, I had to come up with my own plan of attack.

Here’s what I came up with. This storage is by far my favorite. I have tried other types similar to a clip-it-up and even storing in a binder, but I find that this is the easiest way for me to find a set & then put them away quite easily as well. It has saved me SO much clean up time, I can’t even begin to express how awesome that aspect of this system is. Feel free to give this system a try and let comment below to let me know how it goes.

Click to watch the How-To on my stamp storage:


Small zip top bags 4″ x 6″

Small bag inserts 3.75″ x 5.75″ (purchased at clearbags.com)

Large zip top bags: 6″ x 9.5″

Large bag inserts 5.5″ x 8.5″

Corner Chomper

1″ binder ring

KASSET Ikea storage boxes

P-touch (by Brothers) Label Maker

Hole Punch (if bags are not already punched)


For A Special Day – Birthday Card

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Hi all,

For today’s card I have another Birthday/ Special day card that I created for the Etsy shop. I love the simplicity of this card, and although it’s hard to tell through pictures, it is super dimensional and fun in person. I think the extra patterns to each balloon really gives the card an added pizzaz.


For A Special Day - Birthday Card


Card Base: Hero Arts Notecard – Neutrals

Paper: My Mind’s Eye and Authentique scraps

Stamp: TPC Studio , Simon Says Stamp

Stickles : Ranger Diamond Stickles